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Gary

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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2011 1:49:46 AM

Does anyone know the specific criteria for the awards that recently showed up under profile on the mobile app? Is there a listing of requirements for each and each level? Would like to start a FAQ about them on this thread.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 7:20:15 AM

<<<my primary stations used to post a sign with all 4 prices, so I posted all 4. Last week, they installed electronic signs with only 2 prices...now I only post the 2 I can see from the street.>>>

That is correct - unfortunately, there are those that are more about "games" and "awards" and "social media" type stuff that will make up the other prices. Any games/awards that encourages posting all grades is doomed to encourage self-centered game players more concerned with their own ego to post false prices.

Around me, it seems the majority of stations post either just regular, or regular and diesel - There are stations I where I will see that the same person will post all grades for more than one station within an hour. I highly doubt they are driving up to the pump at all the various stations.
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cucu
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 6:14:15 AM

my primary stations used to post a sign with all 4 prices, so I posted all 4. Last week, they installed electronic signs with only 2 prices...now I only post the 2 I can see from the street.
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sharons429
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 2:58:37 PM

" ... some Top Spotters who also made it a point to post three gas prices and a diesel price daily. It was just hard to believe they would drive up to the pumps to check the pump price for those two distinct stations."

I'm a fairly newbie here but I've often wondered that too. I see this everyday as I commute & am usually a few minutes behind one of the top spotters. I thought entering prices so you can earn a token award was supposed to be fun.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 1:06:02 AM

Byte_ Doctor:
The only reason I know about it, because I normally never checked it, was someone PM'ed about it. I don't believe it's been announced.

The reason it came up in discussion was because we were talking about my seeing occasional errors and noted they were by that some Top Spotters who also made it a point to post three gas prices and a diesel price daily. It was just hard to believe they would ddrive up to the pumps to check the pump price for those two distinct stations. It was mentioned to check their awards status for perspective. So now it seems there can be more "competition" among members.

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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 10:34:18 PM

Gas_Buddy wrote: "Now, at least using the Android app, you can see the award levels of those who are on the Top Spotters list. Simply click on their name in the Top Spotters' list and when their page opens, click on the "View Details" box under "Awards" Now, rather than simply personal achievement, you can see (said while biting my tongue) what you need to do to "beat" the other person."

Since I never look at the Top Spotter list for any of the stations I post, much less look at any details for members in that list, I was unaware of that. I wonder (but not enough to bother looking) if the iPhone app allows this as well.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:35:37 PM

TimLee wrote:
"What is 1000 bonus points and what triggers it??"

What triggers the bonus points is an arbitrary Gas Buddy decision to provide an on-the-spot incentive for members to participate more than they might otherwise, in order to get extra points by enticing those who don't max out their daily price posting, to max out their posting by offering "extra" points.

bar1035:

"This sounds like a big joke on the users."

It's less a joke on the users than it is the equivalent of taking a picture of yourself and posting it on your home page somewhere. It's a warm fuzzy. g The more you post prices (which is what points, you reach another level. When you've done everything that can be done, you've reached level 5 and can feel good about yourself and, if you're accurately posted fuel prices to help others be more knowledgeable shoppers, you can feel good about yourself for doing so.

It's similar to earning points, and the more points you get, the newer the icon is for your profile. And it's similar to earning the "speed wings" on your profile's icon for 90 consecutive days of Gas Buddy participation. It's a feel good for you. It shows you self-acchievement (to use Byte_Doctor's word) or dedication.

Byte_Doctor wrote:
"Certainly nothing to get excited about since nobody else can see them, they are somewhat arbitrary and are meaningless in the overall scheme of things."

That used to be the case, that only the member him/herself could see the award levels reached. Now, at least using the Android app, you can see the award levels of those who are on the Top Spotters list. Simply click on their name in the Top Spotters' list and when their page opens, click on the "View Details" box under "Awards" Now, rather than simply personal achievement, you can see (said while biting my tongue) what you need to do to "beat" the other person.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:16:32 PM

Since they are for mobile users who achieve certain goals "Achievement" might be more descriptive.

Certainly nothing to get excited about since nobody else can see them, they are somewhat arbitrary and are meaningless in the overall scheme of things. But they do achieve their own goal - that is, to keep a certain type of member engaged and posting prices with the app. Unfortunately, there are a certain subset of members who are willing to cheat to reach those achievements.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 7:00:30 PM

So altonb1,

You are saying the "award" is nothing more than a label?

Why not call a label a label instead of an "award"?

This sounds like a big joke on the users.
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TimLee
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 12:36:15 PM

They sent an email.
Three day special 2000 points per day for price posting, Web and app.
Must have been a one day special thing a few months back.
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TimLee
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 10:47:04 AM

On two occasions, today and once a few months back, when I posted prices from the app it gave me 2000 points instead of the usual 1000 points max per day.
When it did that today it flashed message that said something about 1000 bonus points but the app messages are so brief they are hard to read.
And I see no way to review past messages.
What is 1000 bonus points and what triggers it???
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altonb1
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 10:25:05 AM

An award is a meaningless "achievement" for completing a defined task on the mobile app. The way to achieve the awards is clearly listed in the post before yours.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 4:28:08 PM

But what is an example or two of what an award is?

award blah blah but no description of one.

Obviously I don't use the mobile app.

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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 6:40:06 AM

Bumping the award levels to the top again:

Current Awards Criteria/notes/issues.

Reporter
Level 1 - Report 1 price
Level 2 - Report 50 prices
Level 3 - 500
Level 4 - 1000
Level 5 - 10000

Iron Man
Level 1 - Report a gas price on 5 consecutive days
Level 2 - 50 consecutive days
Level 3 - 100 consecutive days
Level 4 - 365 consecutive days
Level 5 - 2 years

Explorer
Level 1 - Report a gas price at 10 different stations
Level 2 - 25 different stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Perfectionist
Level 1 - Report all fuel grade prices 2 times
Level 2 - 10 times
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Adventurer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 3 different cities
Level 2 - 16 cities
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Pioneer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 2 different states
Level 2 - 5 states
Level 3 - 15
Level 4 - 51
Level 5 - 61
*A state is defined as: The 50 states; Washington, DC(?); Canada's 10 provinces and three territories(?).

Night Owl
Level 1 - Report 5 times between the hours of 12am and 6am (5 stations)
Level 2 - 20 reports/stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Sunday Driver
Level 1 - Report 5 gas prices on Sunday
Level 2 - 20
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Commuter
Level 1 - Report a gas price in both the AM and PM of a 24 hour period on 2 consecutive days.
Level 2 - 5 consecutive days
Level 3 - 25
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 365 consecutive days

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The requirements to earn an award:

*Reporter
Just report prices

*Iron Man
Post at least one price per day

*Explorer
Report prices at different stations

*Perfectionist
Report all fuel grades at once for a station. Don't post prices for fuel grades a station doesn't sell.

*Adventurer
Report prices for stations in different cities. See GPS note below

*Pioneer
Report prices for stations in different states. See GPS note below.

*Night Owl
Report prices between the hours of 12am and 6am, your home site's time (or station's time; this is still unclear)

*Sunday Driver
Report prices on a Sunday

*Commuter
Report at least one price between midnight and noon, and another price between noon and midnight. You must report prices in both the AM and PM on consecutive days or your progress will reset to 0. If you had previously earned an award you will have to start over but will not lose any previously earned awards. Example: If you report prices in the AM and PM on Thursday and Friday , and just the PM on Saturday, your progress will reset to 0 on Saturday afternoon.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

**General requirements (revised)
Only prices reported via the app count towards awards. Prices reported via the web or mobile web don't count but DO count towards your overall points, 90 day rank, etc.

**Frequency of posting
If you report prices for the same station in a short amount of time, you will not earn awards for the subsequent postings. It is believed the timespan is approximately 10 minutes.

**Notes on GPS
In order to earn awards, your phone's GPS must have an accurate fix and you must be less than 10 miles from the station that you're reporting from. If you are more than 10 miles away (or your GPS is reporting that you are) you will not earn credit towards the awards but will still earn points. For more information on how your location is determined, see this topic.

**Previous credit
Awards are calculated based on your app activity since October 5, 2011 (the day the awards were introduced)

**Purpose
The purpose of the awards is disputed. Various reasons include Gamification, encouraging more frequent posting, and generally making the app more fun. Various complaints include that there is no purpose and that they lead to inaccurate posts. Remember that you can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time.
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llooll
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 1:19:12 PM

UPDATE CONTINUED:
the app self corrected
back on track for now

[Edited by: llooll at 7/29/2014 1:19:56 PM EST]
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llooll
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 1:30:15 PM

UPDATE 2:
just checked the app on another android phone I no longer use and it indicates 29%
which is what it should be according to my calculations
but it's now PM and I am not sure when it changed.
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llooll
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 1:25:38 PM

UPDATE: ok it's past AM and the app did not reset (yet)
will keep fingers crossed it's just an overlap of days.
I did re-install the app just in case but nothing new happened.
looked at all background data restrictions nothing to indicate the error.
Will update as developments occur.
thanks for all the suggestions...it was appreciated.
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bimmergary
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:57:37 PM

Oops, slow reply. Yes according to the chart below, level 3 to 4 is 1% per day, since you're going to 100.

[Edited by: bimmergary at 7/28/2014 12:58:52 PM EST]
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:29:47 PM

To progress to level 4 requires 100 consecutive days, so yes, each day is 1%. Once you are at level 4 working on level 5, it is roughly 1% every 3.6 days (2% per week).

If you have made a price post, through the app, with GPS turned on, while within 10 miles of the station, then you should get credit for it.
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llooll
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:02:38 PM

thanks Byte_Doctor
yes AL
have been trying all AM
it will not change
I have tried all I know to.
I restated my phone and almost did a re-install of the app
Is it possible that there is an overlap of days per percentage?
It was at 28% yesterday and I am looking for 29% with today's AM post
as this is the pattern that I have recorded.
One percent a day is the pattern. Do you know?
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 11:10:26 AM

Likewise, MBAcura - and my progress toward level 5 has reset several times. One reset early on I do not believe was my fault, but the other times were "aw nuts" moments when I realized I had missed an AM or PM price post.
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MBAcura
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:55:12 AM

Llooll:"Commuter level 4 is IMPOSSIBLE for me to attain "

Llooll, I have Commuter level 4. Didn't even know it until I checked just now.

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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:52:47 AM

llooll, if "it will not record today's post" as you say, then it isn't a bug with the commuter award, it is a problem with your internet connection, the GasBuddy servers, the app itself, or your phone. If you are in Alabama as your profile indicates then you still have two hours to get a price post in to meet the AM requirement. Good luck.
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llooll
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:45:57 AM

I'm convinced the bug in the commuter app is just
never going to be fixed
I have just this past restart been recording my entries by taking a
picture of the AM and PM post
it will not record today's post
so I am very flustered
I have written the tech team but still it is not fixed
the app is buggy to say the least.
Commuter level 4 is IMPOSSIBLE for me to attain
It is stuck in Level 3
this will be my fourth restart
I will not give up trying just in case the bugs get worked out.
☠ ☹
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DoctorV
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:14:40 PM

Thanks. It probably was the distance requirement. I would occasionally post from a rural area where it took awhile to get a cell signal, to the point that I probably had driven more than 10 miles before the price got posted.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:04:02 PM

"Is there some sort of limit to the Iron Man award besides x number of days in a row?"

No limit, but as with the other awards you must have GPS turned on and have a GPS fix within 10 miles (if I recall correctly) of the station you are reporting. I suspect you either did not meet that requirement or simply missed a day on the app and posted from the website or similar. The glitches that characterized the early days of the awards appear to be well behind us from what I can see.
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DoctorV
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:00:29 PM

Is there some sort of limit to the Iron Man award besides x number of days in a row? I've reported gas prices - using the app - over 400 days in a row yet it shows me at level 3 (only 100 days). The only thing I can think of is that the app was updated during that time period and that gypped me.
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fishwood
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 4:50:31 PM

I finally kicked the Commuter habit the same day I got my first Level 5 (Perfectionist.) Typical break in routine, hadn't entered a price at 12:05am, and noticed it was 1pm. So I'm giving up.
And I find I'm making less effort to enter an unchanged price on the afternoon commute, if I've already entered it in the morning.
But I've still got an Ironman going for now, and I visited 2 more states/provinces earlier this month so I'm going for Pioneer.
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TimLee
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 2:02:21 PM

The really irritating thing on the App Awards are the hidden limis.
For example on Night Owl you can be at a location where you could put in 20 or 30 prices and make significant progress on the award.
But the App apparently has a timer that limits the amount of award progress.
Something like a maximum of five entries in 10 to 20 minutes.
The App let's you put the price in, but it limits the award progress to five entries.
Frustratingly stupid Gas Buddy.
With such stupidity maybe we should abandon use entirely???
Who am I kidding, we're all addicted!!!
Fortunately it is a lot less harmful than alcohol and drugs.
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altonb1
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 7:44:09 PM

I was talking about the awards with my daughter the other day, and I had to scroll down a bit to find this, so I'm bringing them back to the top of the thread.

Current Awards Criteria/notes/issues.

Reporter
Level 1 - Report 1 price
Level 2 - Report 50 prices
Level 3 - 500
Level 4 - 1000
Level 5 - 10000

Iron Man
Level 1 - Report a gas price on 5 consecutive days
Level 2 - 50 consecutive days
Level 3 - 100 consecutive days
Level 4 - 365 consecutive days
Level 5 - 2 years

Explorer
Level 1 - Report a gas price at 10 different stations
Level 2 - 25 different stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Perfectionist
Level 1 - Report all fuel grade prices 2 times
Level 2 - 10 times
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Adventurer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 3 different cities
Level 2 - 16 cities
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Pioneer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 2 different states
Level 2 - 5 states
Level 3 - 15
Level 4 - 51
Level 5 - 61
*A state is defined as: The 50 states; Washington, DC(?); Canada's 10 provinces and three territories(?).

Night Owl
Level 1 - Report 5 times between the hours of 12am and 6am (5 stations)
Level 2 - 20 reports/stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Sunday Driver
Level 1 - Report 5 gas prices on Sunday
Level 2 - 20
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Commuter
Level 1 - Report a gas price in both the AM and PM of a 24 hour period on 2 consecutive days.
Level 2 - 5 consecutive days
Level 3 - 25
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 365 consecutive days

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The requirements to earn an award:

*Reporter
Just report prices

*Iron Man
Post at least one price per day

*Explorer
Report prices at different stations

*Perfectionist
Report all fuel grades at once for a station. Don't post prices for fuel grades a station doesn't sell.

*Adventurer
Report prices for stations in different cities. See GPS note below

*Pioneer
Report prices for stations in different states. See GPS note below.

*Night Owl
Report prices between the hours of 12am and 6am, your home site's time (or station's time; this is still unclear)

*Sunday Driver
Report prices on a Sunday

*Commuter
Report at least one price between midnight and noon, and another price between noon and midnight. You must report prices in both the AM and PM on consecutive days or your progress will reset to 0. If you had previously earned an award you will have to start over but will not lose any previously earned awards. Example: If you report prices in the AM and PM on Thursday and Friday , and just the PM on Saturday, your progress will reset to 0 on Saturday afternoon.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

**General requirements (revised)
Only prices reported via the app count towards awards. Prices reported via the web or mobile web don't count but DO count towards your overall points, 90 day rank, etc.

**Frequency of posting
If you report prices for the same station in a short amount of time, you will not earn awards for the subsequent postings. It is believed the timespan is approximately 10 minutes.

**Notes on GPS
In order to earn awards, your phone's GPS must have an accurate fix and you must be less than 10 miles from the station that you're reporting from. If you are more than 10 miles away (or your GPS is reporting that you are) you will not earn credit towards the awards but will still earn points. For more information on how your location is determined, see this topic.

**Previous credit
Awards are calculated based on your app activity since October 5, 2011 (the day the awards were introduced)

**Purpose
The purpose of the awards is disputed. Various reasons include Gamification, encouraging more frequent posting, and generally making the app more fun. Various complaints include that there is no purpose and that they lead to inaccurate posts. Remember that you can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time.
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johnnyg1200
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 12:05:55 AM

>>>The definition of a territory in both countries is that it's governed directly by the feds; so DC is a bastardized hybrid pseudo state for you Canucks.<<< .

Considering what DC is famous for I would prefer to call it an asylum.
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altonb1
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 2:11:23 PM

Maybe meaningless but definitely frustrating.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 1:38:23 PM

awi223 - I wouldn't worry about achieving the awards. They are meaningless.
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awj223
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 12:14:27 PM

Why doesn't Gasbuddy support countries other than the US and Canada? This fact, combined with the fact that some of the awards require posting on consecutive days (and reset to 0 if you miss even one day) is the reason I can't ever get Level 5 Iron Man, for example. I will leave the US/Canada long before 2 years is up.

Also, there are other issues. For example, I just discovered what is required for the Commuter award (consecutive day postings in both AM and PM period of each day). I think it should be 5 out of every 7 days. Anyway, even if Gasbuddy supported other countries, I'd get hosed when I fly westbound across the IDL, losing about 16-17 hours in the process.
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 10:05:20 AM

What are the Territories?

Guessing Puerto Rico is one But I could be wrong.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2014 10:57:42 AM

jcalnan - Those rules have existed since the inception of the awards. Never have reports via the website counted.
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jcalnan
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2014 10:44:47 AM

Does anyone know when this was "revised"?

**General requirements (revised)
Only prices reported via the app count towards awards. Prices reported via the web or mobile web don't count but DO count towards your overall points, 90 day rank, etc.

I just got caught out by this one. The iPhone app is having an issue with reporting all 4 prices at my local station (it saves Reg - Supreme, gives me points for the diesel but doesn't save the price). In order to save myself keystrokes I just reported prices one morning online instead, and lost my 473 day streak for Level 5 Iron Man, and blew up my progress for Commuter Lvl 4.
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bimmergary
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:22:33 AM

But not for awards. Add in American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands. The definition of a territory in both countries is that it's governed directly by the feds; so DC is a bastardized hybrid pseudo state for you Canucks.

[Edited by: bimmergary at 3/27/2014 11:29:54 AM EST]
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bimmergary
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Interesting, the 3 Canadian territories are Yukon, Northwest, and Nunavut; though only Northwest Territories has listed stations, someone go find some for the other two!

DC has 116 stations. But it's a bit difficult to drive to Hawaii and Newfoundland.

Couldn't Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, etc. use price reporting also?



[Edited by: bimmergary at 3/27/2014 11:20:05 AM EST]
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fishwood
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:52:04 AM

"For the new app that is only up to 1 hour ago."

That hasn't come to BlackBerry yet. Version 4.7.1.0. Jan 9, 2014, seems to take all entries as current.
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bimmergary
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 1:15:06 AM

For the new app that is only up to 1 hour ago.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:07:18 PM

You can post a period after the price was seen, just make sure you apply the proper time stamp.
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fishwood
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:37:05 AM

Nope, I've never posted inaccurate prices. Sometimes I wait longer than other times to post the last accurate price I saw. And less than half a day later I check, and it usually still hasn't changed; if not I can correct it. (That is always going to happen: there is a lag between a price change and the first itme it's reported.)

Is there a standard for how long after an observation one is allowed to post the price?
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CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 2:14:23 PM

Wonder if fishwood is still posting inaccurate prices so he can keep his streak.

I hope not.
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Tony4150
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 5:26:26 PM

POINTS and AWARDS

I copied and reposted this from RichWLIN.

DC does count as a "state" (Yes). Gas Buddy did not know where I was while in Puerto Rico, so that theory is out. I was in San Juan and vicinity, not the boondocks.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is there anyone that is Pioneer Level 5? <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
I travel a lot, and I figure 1 more state to make level 3. Not as much as a trucker, but still a lot.

The commuter thing needs to be fixed. In a "typical" sense, a commuter would go to work in the AM, return home in the PM, but only 5 days per week.

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Placing Scrapheap's compendium of the awards criteria back on the first page.

Current Awards Criteria/notes/issues.

Reporter
Level 1 - Report 1 price
Level 2 - Report 50 prices
Level 3 - 500
Level 4 - 1000
Level 5 - 10000

Iron Man
Level 1 - Report a gas price on 5 consecutive days
Level 2 - 50 consecutive days
Level 3 - 100 consecutive days
Level 4 - 365 consecutive days
Level 5 - 2 years

Explorer
Level 1 - Report a gas price at 10 different stations
Level 2 - 25 different stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Perfectionist
Level 1 - Report all fuel grade prices 2 times
Level 2 - 10 times
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Adventurer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 3 different cities
Level 2 - 16 cities
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Pioneer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 2 different states
Level 2 - 5 states
Level 3 - 15
Level 4 - 51
Level 5 - 61
*A state is defined as: The 50 states; Washington, DC(?); Canada's 10 provinces and three territories(?).

Night Owl
Level 1 - Report 5 times between the hours of 12am and 6am (5 stations)
Level 2 - 20 reports/stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Sunday Driver
Level 1 - Report 5 gas prices on Sunday
Level 2 - 20
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Commuter
Level 1 - Report a gas price in both the AM and PM of a 24 hour period on 2 consecutive days.
Level 2 - 5 consecutive days
Level 3 - 25
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 365 consecutive days

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The requirements to earn an award:

*Reporter
Just report prices

*Iron Man
Post at least one price per day

*Explorer
Report prices at different stations

*Perfectionist
Report all fuel grades at once for a station. Don't post prices for fuel grades a station doesn't sell.

*Adventurer
Report prices for stations in different cities. See GPS note below

*Pioneer
Report prices for stations in different states. See GPS note below.

*Night Owl
Report prices between the hours of 12am and 6am, your home site's time (or station's time; this is still unclear)

*Sunday Driver
Report prices on a Sunday

*Commuter
Report at least one price between midnight and noon, and another price between noon and midnight. You must report prices in both the AM and PM on consecutive days or your progress will reset to 0. If you had previously earned an award you will have to start over but will not lose any previously earned awards. Example: If you report prices in the AM and PM on Thursday and Friday , and just the PM on Saturday, your progress will reset to 0 on Saturday afternoon.

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**General requirements (revised)
Only prices reported via the app count towards awards. Prices reported via the web or mobile web don't count but DO count towards your overall points, 90 day rank, etc.

**Frequency of posting
If you report prices for the same station in a short amount of time, you will not earn awards for the subsequent postings. It is believed the timespan is approximately 10 minutes.

**Notes on GPS
In order to earn awards, your phone's GPS must have an accurate fix and you must be less than 10 miles from the station that you're reporting from. If you are more than 10 miles away (or your GPS is reporting that you are) you will not earn credit towards the awards but will still earn points. For more information on how your location is determined, see this topic.

**Previous credit
Awards are calculated based on your app activity since October 5, 2011 (the day the awards were introduced)

**Purpose
The purpose of the awards is disputed. Various reasons include Gamification, encouraging more frequent posting, and generally making the app more fun. Various complaints include that there is no purpose and that they lead to inaccurate posts. Remember that you can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 12:58:56 AM

fonz08wrx:
Did you miss RichWLIN's post earlier in this thread clearly giving you the infornation you asked for? Just scroll down the screen?

Thanks to Scrapheap for compiling it and RichWLIN fir reposting it.
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fonz08wrx
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 10:26:09 PM

is there anyway to view the requirements for the next level on the app
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 9:40:27 AM

TxJeans: You're right. FWIW, Stopped off at a TA off I95 north of Washington DC, popped in the gas prices and made it up to Pioneer level 3.
Little did I know that I'd not reported a gas station in Delaware before.
Luck happens!
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:52:51 PM

"The percentage figure is the percentage to level 5. Since it takes 2 years of consecutive postings to reach level 5, any time you miss a day, you go back to day zero and start over again. The same is true with the silly commuter award."

This seems true. I guess I didn't remember it being this way on previous resets, but I hadn't had one happen for quite a while. I was 71% to level 5 so I hadn't been reset for around 518 days.

Thanks.

RG

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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:28:17 PM

DoctorV wrote > Isn't the % figure the percentage between Level 4 and Level 5, not the percent between Level 1 and Level 5?

The percentage figure is the percentage to level 5. Since it takes 2 years of consecutive postings to reach level 5, any time you miss a day, you go back to day zero and start over again. The same is true with the silly commuter award.
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DoctorV
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:06:37 PM

RichWLIN: "At that time I was sure that it simply restarted over at Level 4, 50% to level 5 and that it would take another year to reach Level 5...Recently, I noticed that the Iron Man award reads 14% to Level 5."

Isn't the % figure the percentage between Level 4 and Level 5, not the percent between Level 1 and Level 5?

For instance, Level 4 is 365 days and Level 5 is 730 days, so yes, Level 4 is 50% of Level 5. But you are 14% of the way between Level 4 and Level 5, i.e., 51 days into the extra 365 you need to get to Level 5.
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